Sam Young

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Sam Young
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Vermont House of Representatives Orleans-Caledonia-1
In office
2011 - Present
Term ends
January 2, 2017
Years in position 4
Base salary$660.06/week
Per diem$107/day (non-commuter)
$61/day (commuter)
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First elected2010
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sComputer Science, University of Vermont
Date of birthMay 29, 1978
Place of birthNewport, VT
ProfessionBusiness Owner
ReligionNot Affiliated
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Samuel R. Young is a Democratic member of the Vermont House of Representatives, representing Orleans-Caledonia-1. He was first elected to the chamber in 2010.


Young studied computer science and mathematics at the University of Vermont and outdoor education at Prescott College in Arizona.

Young is a lead programmer with Nekinfo and the owner of Think or Sink, a web development and internet marketing company. He previously worked and sat on the board of directors for Old School Builders, co-founded the Parker Pie Company and helped to re-open the Lake Parker Country Store. Young was elected Justice of the Peace in the town of Glover in 2006.

Committee assignments

2015 legislative session

At the beginning of the 2015 legislative session, Young served on the following committees:

Vermont Committee Assignments, 2015
Ways and Means
Legislative Information Technology


In the 2013-2014 legislative session, Young served on the following committees:


In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Young served on these committees:



See also: Vermont House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Vermont House of Representatives took place in 2014. A primary election took place on August 26, 2014. The general election was held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was June 12, 2014. Orleans-Caledonia has two state representatives. Incumbent Sam Young and Chris Braithwaite were unopposed in the Democratic primary. Incumbent Vicki Strong and Devin Small were unopposed in the Republican primary.[1][2][3][4] Young and Strong defeated Braithwaite and Small in the general election.[5]

Vermont House of Representatives Orleans-Caledonia District, General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngSam Young Incumbent 30.8% 1,436
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngVicki Strong Incumbent 28.4% 1,326
     Democratic Chris Braithwaite 25.4% 1,184
     Republican Devin Small 15.4% 720
Total Votes 4,666


See also: Vermont House of Representatives elections, 2012

Young won re-election in the 2012 election for Vermont House of Representatives Orleans-Caledonia. Young was unopposed in the August 28 Democratic primary and was unopposed in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[6]


See also: Vermont House of Representatives elections, 2010

Sam Young ran for the Vermont House of Representatives Orleans-Caledonia 1 in 2010. He ran against John Rogers in the Democratic primary on August 24, 2010. He is opposed by Linda Johnson (R), Vicki Strong (R), Nancy Potak (P), and John Rogers (D) in the November 2, 2010 general election.[6]

Vermont House of Representatives, Orleans-Caledonia 1 General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Vicki Strong (R) 1,244
Green check mark transparent.png Sam Young (D) 1,125
John Rogers (D) 1,122
Linda Johnson (R) 1,043
Nancy Potak (Vermont Progressive Party) 916

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Young is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Young raised a total of $6,496 during that time period. This information was last updated on September 24, 2013.[7]

Sam Young's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Vermont State House, District Orleans-Caledonia Won $2,139
2010 Vermont State House, District Orleans-Caledonia-1 Won $4,357
Grand Total Raised $6,496


Young won re-election to the Vermont House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Young raised a total of $2,139.


In 2010, when Young first won election to the House, he collected $4,357 in donations.[8]

His largest contributors in 2010 were:

Donor Amount
Orleans County Democratic Committee $350
Nathaniel Gordon $250
Vermont Democratic House Campaign $200
Contribution by candidate or candidate's immediate family $200
Earl Kinsey $200
Tracey Young $250


See also: State legislative scorecards and State legislative scorecards in Vermont

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In 2013, the Vermont General Assembly was in session from January 9 to May 14. In 2014, the Vermont General Assembly was in session from January 7 to May 10.

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In 2011, the Vermont General Assembly was in session from January 5 through mid May. In 2012, the Vermont General Assembly was in session from January 3 to May 5.

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Voting record


The Ethan Allen Institute, a Vermont-based free-market public policy research and education organization, released its biennial publication, the Vermont Voters' Report Card, for the years 2011-2012. The report showed how Vermont legislators in the state House and state Senate voted on key issues important to the Institute.[9] Here's how Young voted on the selected bills:

Vermont Voters Scorecard, 2011-2012
Health Provider Tax Green Mountain Care Education Taxation Green Mountain Care Property Rate Tax Health Exchange Green Mountain Care Renewable Portfolio CVPS Rebate


Young is not married.[10]

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